The RIRA Column
September 26, 2015
Summer has just turned to fall, and your RIRA Common Council has been hard at work again following the July-August hiatus. From planned pumpkin patches in October to finalizing the Council’s allocation recommendations for the Public Purpose Funds, there’s a lot going on.
During the public session of the October 7 Council meeting, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Center, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will hold its first public scoping meeting for Roosevelt Island. There will be a presentation of the Citywide Ferry Service plan to the RIRA Common Council, the Community Board 8 Roosevelt Island Committee, and you, the community’s residents. Announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio as an expansion of the City’s ferry system, the EDC has proposed five routes connecting 21 locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, to be rolled out in two phases beginning in 2017. The contemplated ferry route serving Roosevelt Island would originate from Hallets Point in Astoria, land at Roosevelt Island and in Long Island City, then continue to East 34th Street and Wall Street/Pier 11 in Manhattan. The purpose of the October 7 scoping meeting is not only to present the plan, but also to give residents, who will be directly affected by and use the service, an opportunity to voice concerns, questions, and/or support for the proposed service and dock location. It should be noted that, after the first scoping meeting with Long Island City residents, attendees were able to persuade the EDC to consider relocating the planned dock from north of Anable Basin to just south, at Center Boulevard. Now is our time. For more information regarding the Citywide Ferry Service, timing of the program’s launch, and expected routes, go to nycedc.com/project/citywide-ferry-service. See you on October 7!
Public Purpose Funds
Community Board 8
Food for Seniors
During the August Roosevelt Island Town Hall meeting hosted by New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer announced her push to have her successful Fresh Food for Seniors program expand to more senior citizen centers in Northern Manhattan. Started in 2012 in conjunction with GrowNYC and the Department for the Aging, the Fresh Food for Seniors program seeks to provide senior citizens throughout Manhattan with locally-grown fruits and vegetables for just $8 a bag, delivered to their senior center. At the time of the August meeting, our Roosevelt Island Senior Center was not one of the recipients. Through the subsequent efforts of the board members of the Roosevelt Island Seniors Association and the Borough President’s Office, our Senior Center will now participate in the program, with an anticipated start date in October. For information regarding the program, go to manhattanbp.nyc.gov/html/issues/seniorfoodprogram.shtml. The Common Council congratulates the Senior Center and the Roosevelt Island Seniors Association for their success in bringing this important program to the Island.
Call for Public Service
Congratulations to The WIRE
Lastly, many congratulations to our colleagues and friends at The Main Street WIRE for its feature in the September 15 issue of The Wall Street Journal, and the recognition for all that it does to inform the community. Kudos to you and your editors! wsj.com/articles/news-for-and-from-roosevelt-island-1442366103